Normandy future
10:11 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Normandy Not Bankrupt Now, But Its Future Remains Cloudy

Ron Lankford
Credit DESE website

The Normandy School District isn’t going broke at the beginning of April, as some education officials had forecast in recent months. But that doesn’t mean that the district’s future is secure.

At Monday night’s meeting of the state task force formed to recommend the future direction of the district, officials from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said that Normandy’s future depends in large part on what bills the General Assembly may pass before it adjourns in mid-May.

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10:51 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Education Rundown: Creationism, Coding And Classrooms That Are Imploding

Scott Spurgeon, the superintendent of the unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District, is hoping to boost the district into the ranks of the accredited.
Credit (Kimberly Ney/Riverview Gardens School District)

Once a week, our team of education reporters would like to share stories that look at trends in education here and across the country. In particular, we want to focus on people, research and even gizmos that may help make kids learn better.

Improve or implode?

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2:24 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Prospect Of Nonprofits Running Low-Performing St. Louis Public Schools Continues To Draw Criticism

Mary Armstrong, president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, voices opposition to nonprofits running low-performing schools.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Sat., March 29, at 2:09 p.m.

A proposal to bring in nonprofits to run low-performing St. Louis City schools continued to draw criticism during a public hearing at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School on Saturday.

With comments similar to those made at a forum on Thursday night, members of the elected school board reiterated their opposition to the idea.  

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Normandy task force
9:56 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Normandy Is Gaining Public Support, Task Force Is Told

The Normandy transition team is expected to make its recommendations by the middle of May.
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Residents of the 24 communities that make up the Normandy School District are rallying behind the schools as their fate is being decided in Jefferson City, a task force studying the district’s future was told Thursday.

Chris Krehmeyer, president and CEO of the group Beyond Housing, said that just as its 24:1 initiative has helped revitalize the area in general, with more options for basic services such as banking and groceries, it also has generated more support for the schools.

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Improving schools
4:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Commentary: First in Booze, First In Shoes, Last In Education

Credit Credit Cast a Line / Flickr

Statistic after statistic, ranking after ranking shows American students lagging behind their counterparts across the globe. Missouri’s schools are no exception. Missouri is a perfect example of our country’s diseased public education system. Three districts are currently unaccredited by the state — Kansas City, Riverview Gardens and Normandy — and the St. Louis Public School  system is on the brink, sitting in “provisional accreditation” purgatory.

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Normandy finances
3:36 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri Senate Advances Smaller Subsidy For Normandy Schools

The Normandy transition task force to plan for Normandy’s future will be holding several meetings in the coming weeks.
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As a task force continues its work on how the Normandy School District will operate next school year, lawmakers are moving ahead on appropriating money to help the district finish the current year without going broke.

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6:40 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Accounted For: ‘Where are you starting? Where are you going? How are you going to get there?’

Sixth grader Max Jones follows a lesson plan at Westview Middle School in Riverview Gardens.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

This story is part four of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism -- defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school -- and classroom success.

Melissa Schut drew out a problem on the white board at the front of her sixth-grade math class.  

Like she often does, Schut started with three questions.

“Where are you starting?” Schut asked.  “Where are you going? How are you going to get there?”

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Washington University
5:42 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

After Nearly 25 Years, Washington U. Will Bring Back Sociology

Brookings Hall at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Depending on who is telling the story, Washington University dropped its sociology department in 1991 because it was filled with radical thinkers or because it was not strong enough academically.

Or maybe it was a little of both.

Either way, the university announced this week that it will be bringing the department back, with some classes in the field possibly offered as early as this fall.

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Mehlville School District
4:41 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Knost Leaving Mehlville To Become Rockwood Superintendent

Eric Knost
Credit Mehlville website

Eric Knost, whose job as the superintendent of the Mehlville School District thrust him into the middle of this school year’s student transfer drama, has resigned that job and is in line to become superintendent of the Rockwood schools.

In a notice posted on Mehlville's Facebook page, Knost said he was released from his superintendent’s position, effective June 30, during a closed meeting of that district’s school board Monday night.

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11:43 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Accounted For: In Riverview Gardens, More Eyes On Empty Desks

Riverview Gardens Superintendent Scott Spurgeon. “It was probably the first and foremost message I came out with,” he says. “For your child to do better, we have to have them here at school.”
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

This story is the third part of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism — defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school — and classroom success.

Riverview Gardens Superintendent Scott Spurgeon roamed the halls of Glasgow Elementary School.  On a recent morning the former minor league baseball player turned educator greets students like players entering a dugout.

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